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May 24, 2011

Shorties (Bob Dylan, Gary Shteyngart, and more)

In celebration of Bob Dylan's 70th birthday yesterday:

Time offers a video tour of Dylan's Greenwich Village.

Cover Me is compiling covers of every Bob Dylan song this week, starting with one of my favorite covers of all time, Jason and the Scorchers' rendition of "Absolutely Sweet Marie."

Folk Alley shares a four hour stream of Dylan originals and covers.

The Independent lists 70 reasons why he is the most important figure in pop culture history.

Slate profiles the legendary singer-songwriter.

BBC News reports that Gary Shteyngart has won the Wodehouse Prize for comic fiction with his novel Super Sad Love Story.

At the Guardian, renowned chefs list their essential books.

Rocks Off lists the four best books with corresponding soundtracks.

Conversational Reading interviews translator Tim Mohr, whose translation of Alina Brodsky's The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine is one of my favorite books of the year.

The Wall Street Journal examines the allure of unreliable narrators in fiction.

Wired UK continues its series to being in a band in 2011 with an article about getting your music heard.

The David Byrne tour documentary Ride, Rise, Roar is coming to DVD on May 31st. Watch the trailer.

At The Quietus, Mercury Rev's Jonathan Donahue discusses the genesis of the band's Deserter's Songs album.

Pop & Hiss interviews former Bauhaus singer Peter Murphy.

Do you accept credit for helping create the Goth movement as a member of Bauhaus?

I don't think we consciously created gothlings. We know for sure we were seminal in many ways. You can hear our pure influence in Radiohead's work, U2 ripped us off on that, Nine Inch Nails, Bjork, so many people other than the Goth movement. That's not to say I denigrate Goth culture, because I think it's really expanded beyond what we did. It's not purely about Marilyn Manson-esque L.A. Munster rock. At the heart of it is a great culture open to literature, film, fine art. It explores art on many levels in a way that is very interesting.

The Charleston City Paper profiles the band Dead Confederate.

Hailed by critics and fans as one of the neo-Southern rock heroes in the Athens, Ga., scene, Dead Confederate recently emerged as champions of classic, guitar-driven, pysch-tinged pop/rock with distinctively Southern flavor. Armed with a lively, riff-filled studio album titled Sugar, it's a sweet time for the group.

PopMatters interviews Matthew Pryor of the Get Up Kids.

The Meat Puppets visit The Current studio for an interview and live performance.

NPR recommends three dark, twisted literary books.

At The Wire, Henry Cow founder and ReR label head Chris Cutler explains the cost of free music to its producers and distibutors.

NPR reviews and excerpts from Tessa Hadley's new novel The London Train.

At Deceptive Cadence, composer Nico Muhly explains how playing Nintendo as a child influenced his music.

The Millions shares the first paragraph from the forthcoming Jeffrey Eugenides novel, The Marriage Plot.

The Hype Machine is streaming the Wooden Birds' new album, Two Matchsticks (out June 7th).

The periodic table of storytelling. (via)

NPR shares a stream of the recent New York concert that celebrated Michael Azerrad's book Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground 1981-1991.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (news and links from the worlds of music, literature, and pop culture)

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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